TRUMBULL COUNTY Commissioners OK 10-year abatement

The panel also approved an agreement to sell used items on the Internet.
WARREN -- Trumbull County commissioners have approved cutting taxes by 75 percent for 10 years on a planned expansion by Superior Walls of Ohio.
The company plans to add more than $1.2 million in new construction, machinery and inventory at its factory on South Pine Avenue.
The expansion will allow the company, which produces concrete basement walls, to begin mixing its own concrete and start producing massive, 3,000-pound retaining wall blocks, said George L. Schuler, company president.
The company has pledged to hire an additional 25 workers within two years. Superior now employs 53 and offers a starting wage of more than $9 an hour, Schuler said.
The county, meanwhile, will soon sell its used police cars, battered desks and broken typewriters over the Internet.
Commissioners approved Wednesday entering an agreement with GovDeals, an Alabama-based Web site that auctions government discards in a manner similar to the highly successful eBay.
The county will pay GovDeals a 7.5 percent commission, or at least $2.50, for each item sold.
Trumbull County is only the second Ohio county to take advantage of a new law allowing commissioners to make use of Internet auctions, said Tony Carson, director of purchasing.
An agreement expanding the role of the sheriff's department in policing public housing also was approved.
Under the agreement, already approved by the Trumbull Metropolitan Housing Authority board, the sheriff's department will provide two uniformed deputies to work TMHA properties, primarily in Warren.
They will join two undercover narcotics detectives who have been working under contract with TMHA for several years.
The cost of the contract for all four officers will be $225,000 for the first year.

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